Supervision. SUPERvision! SuperVISION?
Supervision is a real letdown of a word. Super + Vision sounds like something that Wonder Woman has, and not something parents are required to do with their pre-schoolers, 24/7. Parents know that supervision is important - especially the supervision of preschoolers doing art. I learned this the hard way, recently.
Or, there was the time they crafted “special hats” while we were having my husband’s client over for dinner...
I’d love to be able to say these were the first, second, or third time incidents like this have happened while I’m hosting guests. My “World’s Okayist Mom” mug is in the mail, but my sense of humour is still intact. (Related: The living room area rug is much less intact.) If I can’t walk away from the kids for a moment, how am I expected to host guests?
I come from a gigantic, culturally blended, extended family that celebrates together quite often. With four generations, including seven little great-grandkids running around, managing the mischief during a party can be rough.
This past Thanksgiving, my aunt, a mom of four and a grandmother, brought a secret weapon to dinner (where I was serving dinner to 32). She brought a bag of Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free markers and paper for all the kids. Experienced moms really do know everything. These art supplies granted the adults some unsupervised, creative kid-play time. This also meant uninterrupted grown up time (read: more wine drinking and loud laughing).
At first, I didn’t notice what an amazing hostess gift this was. It was when I began the post-party clean-up that I realized how un-markered the table, the walls, the little fingers, and the faces were.
It was then that I realized the best hostess gift should afford the hostess time to actually enjoy hosting. So, I let my girls take some of the Crayola Color Wonder gear for a spin at home, so I could understand how the mess-free magic was happening.
Color Wonder art supplies - including markers, finger paints, and stamps – only work on the Crayola Color Wonder paper. Your walls, tables, rugs, fingers, and faces stay clean. How amazing is that?
My aunt’s gifting wisdom got me thinking about the other lessons I’ve learned in hosting and attending parties with lots of little kids. Here are some tips that may help you:
We had another hosting win during our recent Halloween party. The adults drank spiked apple cider upstairs, and costumed kids made art and laughed downstairs. Best part: The kids got creative with little to no supervision. No one had to worry about my two-year-old painting her whole face...again.
The Color Wonder products had now been stress-tested through two huge family get-togethers. So, I got serious about making some mischief-managing hostess gifts for upcoming parties since we're heading into that busy get-together time of year. Here are 3 ideas:
TO MAKE THIS BASKET: Color Wonder Paw Patrol Mess Free Markers and Paper + bottle of wine + basket, wrapping, & glasses from dollar store = Lots of great wine-fuelled laughs, and creative kiddos.
TO MAKE THIS BASKET: Color Wonder Thomas and Friends Mess Free Markers and Paper + stolen and re-packaged halloween candy + two dollar store mugs with two single serve coffees + basket & wrapping from dollar store = Happy caffeinated moms; happily distracted kiddos.
TO MAKE THIS BASKET: Crayola Color Wonder Glitter Paper Kit + home baking + basket and wrapping from dollar store = Happy hostess who doesn’t need to bake dessert, and creatively occupied kiddos.
You'll most definitely be invited back by your hostesses!
Forget needing the superpower of SUPERvision. There’s no need for a superpower when you have creative distraction for the kids. Cheers to your hosting, and toasting!